Green Material Processing and Compost Facility

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Humboldt County
Document Title
Green Material Processing and Compost Facility
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
GPD: Very Low Density/ Estate Residential/ Open Space in the Arcata 1966 Plan. The ER designation allows 1 unit per acre; Very Low Density allows for 1 unit per 2.5 acres; Open Space allows 1 unit per 20 acres. No subdivision or residential development is proposed. Z: Limited Industrial (ML).
Document Description
A Conditional Use Permit for a greenwaste recycling and composting operation. The use will occur on 2.5 - 3 acres within a parcel currently used as a retail landscape materials business. The compost operation will divert +/- 18 tons of greenwaste from Eureka and McKinleyville waste transfer stations per day and is contracted with the Humboldt Waste Management Authority and the City of Arcata for such uses. The products of the operation will be high quality compost and premium castings for sale to retail and wholesale purchasers. Traffic is expected to include +/- 25 residential trips per day and 4 visits per week from a 40 yard dump truck which transfers greenwaste from the Eureka and McKinleyville transfer stations to this site. This use has been in operation at the old Blue Lake Forest Products mill site on Glendale Blvd for the past several years without complaints to the Planning or Building Divisions. All of the subject parcels under the ownership of Mad River Hardwoods are currently in the processing of annexing to the City of Arcata, but the County CUP is required in the interim for GESS to operate. A 40' x 220' (31,680sf) pre-fab structure will house the compost rows to further mitigate potential odor and drainage impacts.

Contact Information

Alyson Hunter
Agency Name
Humboldt County Community Development Services
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cross Streets
West End Road and Giuntoli Lane
Total Acres
Parcel #
507-382-04, -05
State Highways
US Highway 299 and 101
NC RR Authority
Mad River

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Types
Waste Treatment:Other (Green material processing and compost facility)
Local Actions
Use Permit, Use Permit: Conditional
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Air Quality, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Noise, Solid Waste, Transportation
Reviewing Agencies
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Northern and Eureka Region 1 (CDFW), California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 1 (DOT), California Highway Patrol, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, North Coast Region 1 (RWQCB), Department of Water Resources, Office of Historic Preservation, Resources Agency, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Resources, Recycling and Recovery
Reviewing Agency Comments
Department of Toxic Substances Control, Resources, Recycling and Recovery

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